Statements

Act to Protect Schools and Hospitals in Situations of Armed Conflict

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict New York, 2 November 2020 - "We are continuing to witness the dramatic impact on children of indiscriminate attacks on education and health facilities, and humanitarian personnel in situations of armed conflict," said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and [...]

2020-11-20T19:12:20-05:00Monday, 2 November 2020|

Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict: Remarks by Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

Please check against delivery Security Council Open Debate Children and Armed Conflict: Attacks against Schools as a Grave Violation of Children’s Rights  Remarks by Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict 10 September 2020 Mr. President, Excellence Ambassadeur Abdou Abarry, Excellencies, I thank Niger for convening this open debate [...]

2021-03-17T06:14:43-04:00Thursday, 10 September 2020|

High Level Virtual Event to Commemorate the International Day to Protect Education from Attack: Remarks by H.E. Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

Please check against delivery   Remarks by H.E. Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict  HIGH LEVEL VIRTUAL EVENT TO COMMEMORATE THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO PROTECT EDUCATION FROM ATTACK 9 SEPTEMBER 2020 Question 1: “Your Excellency, As the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, what [...]

2021-03-17T06:18:42-04:00Wednesday, 9 September 2020|

44th Session of the Human Rights Council: Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

Please check against delivery Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict Madam President, Excellencies, Dear colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, It is with great concern that I address the Human Rights Council this year, at a time when the world is going through an unprecedented global pandemic and human rights are more [...]

2021-03-17T06:38:57-04:00Thursday, 2 July 2020|

Open Debate on children and armed conflict: Statement by Mariam, a 15 years old girl from Mali

Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to begin my speech by thanking the French Government for having organized this meeting of the United Nations Security Council. I also thank the Security Council for giving me the opportunity to represent Civil Society Organizations, especially children. Thank you also to the Special Representative of [...]

2021-03-17T06:40:33-04:00Tuesday, 23 June 2020|

Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict: Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

Please check against delivery   Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed ConflictVirtual Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict 23 June 2020 Monsieur le Président, Mesdames, Messieurs les membres du Conseil de sécurité, Mme la Directrice exécutive de l'UNICEF, Chère Mariam, Excellences et chers collègues, Au nom [...]

2021-03-17T06:42:25-04:00Tuesday, 23 June 2020|

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict – Statement by SRSG Virginia Gamba

Please check against delivery His Excellency Chargé d'Affaires of Argentina to the United Nations, Señor Ministro Alejandro Verdier, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten, Colleagues from the field, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor for me to commemorate with you the 2020 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual [...]

2021-03-17T06:44:02-04:00Monday, 22 June 2020|

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children – Message from the UN Secretary-General

Read the Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on children  As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, we are seeing an alarming pattern. The poorest and most vulnerable members of society are being hardest hit, both by the pandemic and the response. I am especially concerned about the well-being of the world’s children. [...]

2021-03-17T06:49:34-04:00Thursday, 16 April 2020|

Children Affected by Armed Conflict Even More Vulnerable in These Uncertain Times – Message from the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

The world as we know it is facing an unprecedented global crisis, one that compounds the suffering of the world’s already most vulnerable—especially those who live in armed conflict environments. The Secretary-General has made a plea for peace and called for a global cease-fire as the world is facing a common enemy called COVID-19. In [...]

2020-03-30T13:04:11-04:00Monday, 30 March 2020|

Message from the UN Secretary-General: Appeal for Global Cease-Fire

Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at [...]

2021-03-17T07:05:23-04:00Monday, 23 March 2020|
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